Opticians are in high demand in the job market, and the need for eye care professionals is constantly expanding. In this online program, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need to obtain an entry-level job as an optician while you prepare yourself to achieve American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification —a certification that’s required by many states and is a stepping stone to career advancement. You will master the mathematical formulas that opticians need to know, discover how to read prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses, explore the basics of eyewear styles and materials, become familiar with the equipment opticians use, learn about prisms and lens types, and gain an understanding of eye anatomy and eye diseases. By the time you complete this program, you’ll be fully prepared to begin a career as an optician—and you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to advance in this popular and exciting medical field.
When you complete this program, you will:
Be qualified to obtain an entry-level position as an optician in a retail or medical setting. (Some states require ABO certification.)
Be prepared to take the ABO exam, if you have a high school degree or GED.
Be knowledgeable about ocular anatomy, eye diseases and conditions, frame styling and adjustment, eyewear selection, glasses lens and contact lens selection, prescriptions, and the equipment and mathematical formulas used in opticianry.
Opticians are in high demand in the job market, and the need for eye care professionals is constantly expanding. Better yet, the field of opticianry is full of opportunities—from working as a frame stylist in a retail setting to teaching or working in a medical clinic.
In this program, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need to obtain an entry-level job as an optician. In addition, you’ll prepare yourself to achieve American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification, which is required by many states and is a stepping-stone to career advancement.
With the help of step-by-step instructions, you’ll master the mathematical formulas that opticians need to know. In addition, you’ll discover how to read prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses, explore the basics of eyewear styles and materials, become familiar with the equipment opticians use, learn about prisms and lens types, and gain an understanding of eye anatomy and eye diseases. By the time you complete this program, you’ll be fully prepared to begin a career as an optician—and you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to advance in this popular and exciting medical field.
Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.
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Lesson 1: What Is an Optician?
Lesson 2: The Parts of the Eye
Lesson 3: Refractive Errors
Lesson 4: Strabismus and Amblyopia
Lesson 5: Other Common Ocular Conditions
Lesson 6: Frame Basics
Lesson 7: Frame Styling
Lesson 8: Aligning Frames
Lesson 9: Adjusting Frames
Lesson 10: A Quick Look at Light
Lesson 11: Reading a Prescription
Lesson 12: More About Prescriptions and Lens Types
Lesson 13: Lens Materials
Lesson 14: Prism Basics
Lesson 15: Fresnel Prisms
Lesson 16: Optical Effects of Lens Curvature
Lesson 17: Multifocal Lens Considerations
Lesson 18: The Manual Lensometer
Lesson 19: More About Opticianry Measurements and Calculations
Lesson 20: Simple Math and Algebra
Lesson 21: Soft Contact Lenses
Lesson 22: Gas-Permeable Contact Lenses
Lesson 23: Legal Responsibilities and Ethics
Lesson 24: Preparing for the ABO Exam
Your tuition for this program includes these textbooks:
- System for Ophthalmic Dispensing, by Clifford W. Brooks and Irvin Borish
- The Optician Training Manual, by David S. McCleary
- All About Your Eyes, by Jennifer S. Weizer and Sharon Fekrat
This program can be taken on a PC or a Mac. The program is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. It is also compatible with Internet Explorer (versions 5.5 through 8) and Firefox (any version).
Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this course.
For Windows Vista or Windows 7: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology; for Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
There is no prerequisite for taking this program. If you plan to take the ABO exam, a high school diploma or GED is required and job experience will be very helpful.
Beverly Smith, O.D., has been in private practice as an optometrist since 1984 and has provided training for opticians and optometrists for more than two decades. She also has an MBA in health care management and works as a private practice consultant. Dr. Smith has published articles in professional journals including Optometric Management, Women in Optometry, and New O.D.
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Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
2. How long does it take to complete a program?
All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.
3. Do I have to buy additional materials?
All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.
4. Can I get financial assistance?
ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.
5. What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
6. Am I guaranteed a job?
ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
7. Who will be my instructor?
Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.
8. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?
In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.
9. Can I use a Mac?
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